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Nepal opposition out to oust Bhattarai

world Updated: Jun 08, 2012 23:38 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
Nepal opposition

Terming the government's move to announce fresh elections as unconstitutional, 27 opposition parties in Nepal on Friday launched a campaign to remove it from power.

Led by Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist), they blamed the government for failing to promulgate the new constitution within deadline.

Thousands gathered at mass rally at Khulla Manch in the capital to kick-start the National Democratic Campaign aimed at opposing the government’s ‘unilateral’ move.

Severe differences among parties over federalism based on ethnicity led to dissolution of the CA on May 27 and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai’s announcement of fresh elections in November.

“Difference over federalism wasn’t the reason for CA dissolution. It was Maoists conspiracy to retain power at all costs,” said NC vice-president Ram Chandra Paudel in his address.

He stressed that the peaceful protests would continue till the government is removed and a national unity government based on consensus among all parties takes its place.

Nepal is witnessing political vacuum and constitutional crisis following dissolution of the CA, which failed to deliver a new statute despite four extensions to its two-year tenure.

President Ram Baran Yadav has termed the present government as caretaker and most opposition parties have refused to take part in the elections.

While ruling Maoists and Madhesi parties want single ethnicity-based federal states, opposition parties like NC and CPN (UML) want states to be restructured on basis of multiple-ethnicity.